I first met Derek Walcott, who died on March 20, in the late 1960s when we both worked as reporters at the Trinidad Guardian and the Trinidad Evening News in my native Trinidad.
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Pooran gives Preysal the edge
Clico Preysal began its quest for survival yesterday positively, as school boy Kamil Pooran struck 76 to give his team the advantage over Esmeralda in the final round of the Shanghai Construction Group National League. The bottom three clubs at the end of today’s play will be demoted to the championship division next season. Before the last round began Preysal was in tenth place, four points behind ninth placed Munroe Road. Bowling first, Preysal restricted Esmeralda for 149 all out with Uthman Mohammed taking 4/47 and Eugene La Fleur snatching 2/21. Keon Issac top scored for Esmeralda with 23.
In reply, Pooran, a Presentation College, Chaguanas student, slammed 76 to guide Preysal to 230 all out, a lead of 81 runs on first innings. La Fleur also contributed with the bat, scoring 44, while Kerwin Sirju was the pick of the bowlers with 5/80. At the close Esmeralda was 6/0 in its second innings. At the Munroe Road Recreation Ground, Powergen took a 84-run first innings lead against Munroe. At stumps, Munroe was struggling on 31/3 in the second innings. All matches continue today from 9.30 am, except for the Queen’s Park, Bamboo match. Queen’s Park breezed past Bamboo by an innings and 17 runs yesterday.
At Queen’s Park Oval: Bamboo 117 (Nashwan Lutchman 23, Roger Birbal 28 no, Akeal Hosein 4/26, Fidel Edwards 4/37, Amit Jaggernauth 2/33) and 116 (Vishwanath Seenath 28 no, Ryan Ramasray 27, Hosein 4/36, Edwards 6/34) vs QPCC 250/3 dec (Hosein 137 no, Jeremy Solozano 66) QPCC won by an innings and 17 runs
At Esmeralda: Esmeralda 149 (Keon Issac 23, Uthman Mohammed 4/47, Eugene La Fleur 2/210 and 6/0 vs Preysal 230 (Kamil Pooran 76, La Fleur 44, Kerwin Sirju 5/80, Rishard Harris 2/31, Ahkeel Mollon 2/33)
At Honeymoon Park: Tableland 365 (Lincoln Roberts 112, Amir Khan 53, Brent Harriot 51, Jahron Alfred 3/66, Oba Thomas 3/67) vs Moosai 57/2
At Munroe Road: Munroe 126 (Derwin Christian 51, Kieron Joseph 26, Kavesh Kantasingh 4/53, Vaaroon Samaroo 3/42) and 31/3 vs Powergen 210 (Akiel Cooper 44, Samaroo 38, Jeron Maniram 36, Nishal Gayadeen 5/46, Kapil Harry 3/38)
At Pierre Road: Comets 243 (Imran Khan 93, Stephen Wharwood 53 no, Allen Laurent 3/48, Mark Deyal 2/15, Jon Russ Jagessar 2/41) and 3/1 vs Caldrac 200 (Royston Crandon 67, Khan 5/94, Raj Nanan 3/68)
At Diego Martin: Clarke Road 130 (Ranga Lachana 54, Yannic Ottley 35, Ricky Jaipaul 4/41, Javed Ramdhanie 3/19, Marlon Richards 2/15) vs Merry Boys 231/6 (Mario Belcon 65, Jeetendra Sookdeo 42, Javon Searles 40, Ottley 2/62, Mukesh Persad 2/59)